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Constructional morphology within the head of hammerhead sharks

Constructional morphology within the head of hammerhead sharks

Published online on 13. February 2015 Constructional morphology within the head of hammerhead sharks (sphyrnidae) Kyle R. Mara, Philip J. Motta, Andrew P. Martin, Robert E. Hueter ABSTRACT: The study of functional trade-offs is important if a structure, such as the cranium, serves multiple biological roles, and is, therefore, shaped by multiple selective pressures. The

Forensic expertise of victims of sharks attacks and bites in Reunion Island

Forensic expertise of victims of sharks attacks and bites in Reunion Island

Published online on 10. August 2014 Expertise médicolégale des victimes d’attaques et de morsures de requins à la Réunion Forensic expertise of victims of sharks attacks and bites in Reunion Island A. Werbrouck, G. Van Grevelynghe, F. Landron, P. Charlier, C. Loire, C. Gauthier SUMMARY: Since 2011, the Reunion Island has seen a rise in

Shark Attacks and Shark Diving – Comment and Response

Shark Attacks and Shark Diving – Comment and Response

Published online on 21. February 2015 Shark Attacks and Shark Diving Juerg Brunnschweiler ABSTRACT: It is with great astonishment and concern that I read the letter to the editor by Barreiros et al1 in which the authors report an attack by a blue shark on a spear fisherman in the Azores. Whereas the first part

An Unprovoked Attack by a Blue Shark on a Spear Fisherman in Terceira Island, Azores

An Unprovoked Attack by a Blue Shark on a Spear Fisherman in Terceira Island, Azores

Published on 12. June 2014 An Unprovoked Attack by a Blue Shark Prionace glauca (Chondrichthyes: Carcharhinidae) on a Spear Fisherman in Terceira Island, Azores, Northeast Atlantic João Pedro Barreiros, Otto B.F. Gadig, Vidal Haddad Jr. ABSTRACT: The blue shark, Prionace glauca (Linnaeus, 1758) (Figure 1A), is a large predatory oceanic-epipelagic species with worldwide distribution that

Characterizing the bull shark habitat in Fiji by the chemical and isotopic compositions of their teeth

Characterizing the bull shark habitat in Fiji by the chemical and isotopic compositions of their teeth

Published on 07. February 2015 Characterizing the bull shark Carcharhinus leucas habitat in Fiji by the chemical and isotopic compositions of their teeth László Kocsis, Torsten W. Vennemann, Alex Ulianov, Juerg M. Brunnschweiler ABSTRACT: Bull sharks Carcharhinus leucas use estuarine and riverine systems as nursery habitat. The Shark Reef Marine Reserve (SRMR) on the southern

Post-release survival of juvenile silky sharks captured in a tropical tuna purse seine fishery

Post-release survival of juvenile silky sharks captured in a tropical tuna purse seine fishery

Published on 17. February 2015 Post-release survival of juvenile silky sharks captured in a tropical tuna purse seine fishery Melanie Rhiannon Hutchinson, David George Itano, Jeffrey Allen Muir, Kim Nicholas Holland ABSTRACT: Juvenile silky sharks Carcharhinus falciformis comprise the largest component of the incidental elasmobranch catch taken in tropical tuna purse seine fisheries. During a

High Connectivity of the Crocodile Shark between the Atlantic and Southwest Indian Oceans

High Connectivity of the Crocodile Shark between the Atlantic and Southwest Indian Oceans

Published on 17. February 2015 High Connectivity of the Crocodile Shark between the Atlantic and Southwest Indian Oceans: Highlights for Conservation Bruno Lopes da Silva Ferrette, Fernando Fernandes Mendonça, Rui Coelho, Paulo Guilherme Vasconcelos de Oliveira, Fábio Hissa Vieira Hazin, Evgeny V. Romanov, Claudio Oliveira, Miguel Neves Santos, Fausto Foresti ABSTRACT: Among the various shark

Draft sequencing and assembly of the genome of the whale shark

Draft sequencing and assembly of the genome of the whale shark

Published on 14. February 2015 Draft sequencing and assembly of the genome of the world’s largest fish, the whale shark: Rhincodon typus Smith 1828 Timothy D Read​, Robert A Petit III, Sandeep J Joseph, Md T Alam, Ryan Weil, Maida Ahmad, Ravila Bhimani, Jocelyn S Vuong, Chad P Haase, Harry Webb, Alistair D. M. Dove

Chinese market responses to overexploitation of sharks and sea cucumbers

Chinese market responses to overexploitation of sharks and sea cucumbers

Published online on 12. February 2015 Chinese market responses to overexploitation of sharks and sea cucumbers Hampus Eriksson, Shelley Clarke ABSTRACT: Global exploitation of sharks and sea cucumbers to meet consumer demand in China is motivating a rising conservation concern. In order to analyze trends in resource exploitation and market dynamics, this paper reviews global

First description of deep-water elasmobranch assemblages in the Exuma Sound

First description of deep-water elasmobranch assemblages in the Exuma Sound

Published online on 04. February 2015 First description of deep-water elasmobranch assemblages in the Exuma Sound, The Bahamas Edward J. Brooks, Annabelle M.L. Brooks, Sean Williams, Lance K.B. Jordan, Debra Abercrombie, Demian D. Chapman, Lucy A. Howey-Jordan, R. Dean Grubbs ABSTRACT: Deep-sea chondrichthyans, like many deep-water fishes, are very poorly understood at the most fundamental

Long-Distance Tracking of Tiger Sharks off Western Australia

Long-Distance Tracking of Tiger Sharks off Western Australia

Published on 11. February 2015 Crossing Latitudes—Long-Distance Tracking of an Apex Predator Luciana C. Ferreira , Michele Thums, Jessica J. Meeuwig, Gabriel M. S. Vianna, John Stevens, Rory McAuley, Mark G. Meekan ABSTRACT: Tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) are apex predators occurring in most tropical and warm temperate marine ecosystems, but we know relatively little of

Population structure of the piked dogfish with preliminary reproductive observations

Population structure of the piked dogfish with preliminary reproductive observations

Published on 07. February 2015 Population structure of the piked dogfish Squalus acanthias (Elasmobranchii: Squalidae), with preliminary reproductive observations María Cristina Oddone, Laura Paesch, Walter Norbis ABSTRACT: Squalus acanthias has been poorly studied in Uruguay, though reproductive studies have been carried out in Argentina in the decades of 1970–1980. The aim of this work was

A Novel Mini-DNA Barcoding Assay to Identify Fins from Protected Shark Species

A Novel Mini-DNA Barcoding Assay to Identify Fins from Protected Shark Species

Published on 03. February 2015 A Novel Mini-DNA Barcoding Assay to Identify Processed Fins from Internationally Protected Shark Species Andrew T. Fields, Debra L. Abercrombie, Rowena Eng, Kevin Feldheim, Demian D. Chapman ABSTRACT: There is a growing need to identify shark products in trade, in part due to the recent listing of five commercially important

Measuring intrinsic rebound potential in exploited fish populations – example for sharks

Measuring intrinsic rebound potential in exploited fish populations – example for sharks

Published online on 22. January 2015 New abbreviated calculation for measuring intrinsic rebound potential in exploited fish populations–example for sharks David W. Au, Susan E. Smith, Christina Show ABSTRACT: Intrinsic rebound potential, the demographic measure of a fish population’s productivity that sustains a given mortality, relates to a species’ resiliency, and can be useful for

Age and growth of the white shark in the western North Atlantic Ocean

Age and growth of the white shark in the western North Atlantic Ocean

Published online on 06. January 2015 Age and growth of the white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, in the western North Atlantic Ocean Lisa J. Natanson, Gregory B. Skomal ABSTRACT: Age and growth estimates for the white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) in the western North Atlantic Ocean (WNA) were derived from band pair counts on the vertebral centra

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